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US LAW CHALLENGES CHINA’S CONTROL OF TIBET



  Jun 19, 2024

US LAW CHALLENGES CHINA’S CONTROL OF TIBET



The United States has enacted a new law aimed at countering China’s long-standing claim over Tibet and promoting dialogue between Beijing and the Dalai Lama. This law, the Promoting a Resolution to the Tibet-China Dispute Act, seeks to harden Washington’s stance on Tibet and pressure Beijing into resuming negotiations with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader.

Objectives of the New Law

1. Countering Chinese Disinformation: The law directs funds to counter disinformation from China regarding Tibet’s history, people, and institutions. It refutes Beijing’s claim that Tibet has been part of China since ancient times.

2. Policy on Tibet’s Status: The law makes it official US policy that the dispute over Tibet’s status is unresolved. It expands the definition of Tibet to include not only the Tibet Autonomous Region but also Tibetan areas of the Chinese provinces of Qinghai, Gansu, Yunnan, and Sichuan.

3. Promoting Dialogue: The law pushes for negotiations “without preconditions” between the Chinese government and the Dalai Lama or his representatives. It aims to empower US State Department officials to actively counter Chinese claims and misinformation about Tibet.

4. Multilateral Efforts: The law mandates the US State Department to coordinate with other governments in multilateral efforts towards a negotiated agreement on Tibet.

Geopolitical Implications

1. Enhanced US Support for Tibet: The law signifies a significant shift in US policy towards Tibet, emphasizing support for Tibetan self-determination and cultural preservation.

2. Pressure on Beijing: By refuting China’s historical claims and promoting dialogue, the law increases pressure on Beijing to address the Tibetan issue more constructively.

3. International Coordination: The law’s emphasis on multilateral efforts underscores the US strategy to build a coalition of countries to support Tibet and counter Chinese influence.

China’s Position on Tibet

China maintains that Tibet has been under its central rule for over 700 years, a claim disputed by Tibetan activists who argue that the region was self-governed for extended periods. The Chinese government insists that any talks with the Dalai Lama will only address his personal future and not Tibetan autonomy.

Conclusion

The new US law represents a significant geopolitical challenge to China’s control over Tibet. It aims to counter Chinese disinformation, promote dialogue, and enhance international support for Tibet. The enactment of this law highlights the ongoing struggle for Tibetan self-determination and the broader geopolitical tensions between the US and China.




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